Paid Holiday

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 22, 2021 and last updated on July 22, 2023

Talking about paid holiday holds immense relevance for English learners as it provides an opportunity to explore essential workplace vocabulary and concepts. Understanding the significance of paid time off and its benefits can enhance learners’ grasp of employment-related terms and discussions.

Delving into this subject, learners can develop their language skills in expressing preferences, negotiating leave and discussing work-life balance.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Paid Holiday Review

Paid holidays, a cherished benefit in many workplaces, bestow employees with the invaluable gift of time off while still receiving their regular salary. These designated periods of rest and relaxation not only promote work-life balance but also contribute to increased productivity and overall well-being.

As organisations recognise the importance of employee satisfaction, paid holidays have become a standard practice, encouraging a motivated and loyal workforce.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • entitle (verb)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • benefit (noun)
  • look into (phrasal verb)
  • definitely (adverb)
  • take into account (phrase)
  • take (somebody/something) for granted (phrase)
  • productivity (noun)
  • workplace (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • How much paid holiday should employees be entitles too?
  • How many days paid holiday do you get every year?
  • Do you think you should get more paid holiday?
  • Do you think paid holiday should be the same for all employees?
  • What is the least amount of paid holiday you have ever had?
  • How does having paid holidays impact employee motivation and productivity?
  • In your opinion, is it better to have several shorter paid holidays throughout the year or one long paid holiday?
  • What industries or professions do you think have the most generous paid holiday policies, and why might this be the case?
  • If you had the option, would you prefer a job with lower pay but more paid holidays, or a higher-paying job with fewer holidays?
  • Should all countries legislate a minimum number of paid holidays for employees?
  • Should employers have the right to dictate when employees can take their paid holidays, or should employees have more control over scheduling their time off?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.